AEM is a voluntary, incentive-based program that helps farmers make common-sense, cost-effective and science-based decisions to help meet business objectives while protecting and conserving the State’s natural resources. Farmers work with local AEM resource professionals to develop comprehensive farm plans using a tiered process:

  • Tier 1 Inventory current activities, future plans and potential environmental concerns.
  • Tier 2 Document current land stewardship; assess and prioritize areas of concern.
  • Tier 3 Develop conservation plans addressing concerns and opportunities tailored to farm goals.
  • Tier 4 Implement plans utilizing available financial, educational and technical assistance.
  • Tier 5 Evaluate to ensure the protection of the environment and farm viability.
  • AEM Certified Planner, Bob Styker (left, from Ontario County SWCD reviews BMP alternatives with Fred Lightfoote of Lightland Farms, a fifth generation dairy. Photo: Barb Silvestri, NYSSWCC

    "AEM & New York Farm Families:
    Leading the Nation in Conservation."